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No Pope selected after first vote

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No Pope selected after first vote

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After a first vote, leaders of the Catholic Church meeting in Rome have not been able to select a successor to Pope John Paul II.

The black smoke rising out of the chimney above the Sistine Chapel confirmed what had widely been expected. To win, a candidate needs a two-thirds majority, or at least 77 votes. The 115 cardinals assembled in the decision-making conclave had clearly failed to reach that figure in their first ballot.